The Lost Saint (Dark Divine Series #2)

The Lost Saint (Dark Divine Series #2)

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by Bree Despain
     
 

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The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel.  Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi.  She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother.  When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must

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The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel.  Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi.  She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother.  When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do.  She must become a Hound of Heaven.  Desparate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero.  But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble.  Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung.  Readers, raveous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Madelene Rathbun Barnard
Despain's sequel to the The Dark Divine (Egmont USA, 2009), The Lost Saint is not a basic wolf tale. The author provides an unorthodox Christian fiction slant with a sprinkling of romance. Unlike the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, there is limited teenage angst and more spirituality. The main character Grace Divine struggles with life choices (i.e. premarital sex, killing demons, being a "Hound of Heaven"). The plot is fast-paced and steeped in ancient legends. To round out the cast, Grace's father is a local pastor. There is Gabriel, the congregation's new religious teacher. He was once a medieval Catholic Monk. He believes in peaceful conflict. Is he an angel or a coward? In addition, there is Grace's boyfriend Daniel. With his shady past, can he be trusted? Moreover, Grace's brother Jude ran away from home. After his transformation, will he betray his family? Life's trials and tribulations leave Grace wondering if anyone is a friend: are all the humans and creatures foes? Will her love prevail (under a full moon)? The reader finds some answers on Halloween Festival night. It is worth the wait for the surprise ending. The Lost Saint is a welcome addition to any large young adult collection. If the provocative dust jacket does not lure the reader in, the tale will consume them. Reviewer: Madelene Rathbun Barnard
VOYA - Angi Barnard
In The Lost Saint, Despain presents readers with what first appears to be a stereotypical werewolf love story. After the customary mythical beginning, the book take offs when Grace Divine establishes her role as heroine with some seriously strange twists. Try to keep up as we meet the rest of the characters, all of whom seem to have been named straight out of the Bible. Will this love story pan out, or will the surprising finish leave readers in the dark? 4Q, 4P. Reviewer: Angi Barnard, Teen Reviewer
ALAN Review - Jonathan Tomick
Despain's gripping sequel to The Dark Divine continues the story of high school heroine Grace Divine and her struggle against the curse of the wolf. Grace's boyfriend Daniel, an ex-werewolf, is training her to control the superhuman powers her curse endows. Meanwhile, Grace's werewolf brother Jude has gone missing, and demons are terrorizing the city. When Grace turns her back on her boyfriend and her family to be trained instead by Nathan Talbot, she learns to harness her powers, but at the expense of her own spiritual balance. With ancient demonic wars and high school drama inseparable, The Lost Saint combines intricate mythology and dark mystery to create a thrilling novel that explores human determination and true love's redemptive power, all while whetting the appetite for a sequel. Reviewer: Jonathan Tomick
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After offering herself as a sacrifice in order to rid her boyfriend of his werewolf curse, high school senior Grace Divine has absorbed some of his lycanthropic abilities. As she trains with Daniel in an attempt to achieve mastery over her powers, she meets another young man who urges her to embrace the anger that triggers her strength and encourages her to join him in the fight against evil demons and vampires. Push back from Daniel, her family, and a visiting pastor lead her to question the benevolence of her new friend; however, Grace's passion to save her brother—whom she fears has been absorbed into a cohort of evil supernatural creatures—leads her to defy those closest to her. Like A Dark Divine (Egmost USA, 2009), The Lost Saint is a lengthy supernatural novel that, at its core, is a traditional romance. Chapters further divided into sections headed, "Later That Same Day" and "After Lunch" ensure that no detail of Grace's life—including her obsessive ruminations on Daniel and their relationship—goes undescribed, and it is this content that makes the book difficult to read and less satisfying than, for example, Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver (Scholastic, 2009). A religious tone distinguishes this novel from others of its ilk and complicates the discussion of war and retributionZ—supernatural or otherwise. That said, it is not distinguished by its pacing because of its superfluous narrative content.—Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston
Kirkus Reviews
This sequel toThe Dark Divine(2009) falls into the classic Twilight patterns: a blank slate of a heroine and a reliance on sexual tension and vague presentiments of danger to drive the narrative. Grace Divine is a werewolf now, bitten by her rogue-werewolf brother Jude before he ran off. Her family is falling apart, with her mother increasingly unstable at the loss of a child and her father traveling around the country seeking his lost son. Grace's only joy is her relationship with her boyfriend Daniel, himself a former werewolf but now disturbingly standoffish. Now Grace is receiving mysterious phone calls that appear to be from her brother and that may be connected to the town's unsolved rash of vandalism. Though the plot drags, Despain's fans will be pleased by the introduction of a flannel-clad hottie who is more than ready to comfort Grace during Daniel's mysterious absences. For those who find a surfeit of rippling muscles and naked pecs to be sufficient for an enjoyable romance.(Paranormal romance. 13-15)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606842355
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Series:
Dark Divine Series, #2
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
635,296
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.27(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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